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Beware: Children at Play (1989)

R | | Horror, Thriller
A mentally-disturbed teenager kidnaps and brainwashes children into cannibalistic psychopaths - but not when the adults intervene.

Director:

Mik Cribben

Writer:

Fred Scharkey (screenplay) (as Fred Sharkey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Robertson ... John DeWolfe
Rich Hamilton Rich Hamilton ... Sheriff Ross Carr
Robin Lilly Robin Lilly ... Cleo Carr
Lori Romero Lori Romero ... Julia DeWolfe (as Lori Tirgrath)
Jamie Krause Jamie Krause ... Kara DeWolfe
Sunshine Barrett Sunshine Barrett ... Mary Rose Carr
Mark Diekman Mark Diekman ... Luke Domain
Mik Cribben Mik Cribben ... Farmer Isac Braun
Susann Chandler Susann Chandler ... Mrs. Mary Braun
Herb Klinger Herb Klinger ... Franklin Ludwig
Lauren Cloud Lauren Cloud ... Dale Hawthorn
Lorna Courtney Lorna Courtney ... Amy Carr / Wealtheow
Danny McClaughlin Danny McClaughlin ... Grendel / Glenn Randall
Stephanie Jaworski Stephanie Jaworski ... Alice Allegari
Lee Kayman Lee Kayman ... Josiah Modicah
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After several children have gone missing, a writer and a cop decide to get to the bottom of the problem once and for all. As they find more and more leads they discover that their children are being brainwashed into zombified cannibal killers by a disturbed teen. Written by CowMaN <cowman@ameritech.net>

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Gut wrenching terror! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and gore, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Goblins See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Troma Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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What the hell else did you expect- it's Troma.
27 April 2005 | by ericdetrick2002See all my reviews

After reading some of the outraged viewer comments I decided to write give my 1 cent. I am a 31 year old b-horror movie obsessed freak that still lives with his parents- so maybe that explains my taste in absolute trash. Over the years I have obtained a collection of dvds, videos, and laserdiscs that puts most video stores to shame (of course that is not saying much these days with Blockbuster and Hollywood video stores horrible horror section). Since I couldn't rent this at the time I bought this, I purchased this after seeing some clips of children being shot in really unrealistic fashion I couldn't resist.

The key is this- very campy. All you "Grudge-Ring-I know What You Did Last Summer with Van Helsing" fans will probably not "get it". What is there to get, you may ask? It's just funny, funny that a movie was put together professionally, shot on 35 mm film, that has scenes where children get shot on screen and they actually use squibs (some of you know what squibs are). Yes, you can see the kids breathing, strings connected arrows, and blood tubes, etc. But that's why I bought it.

So, the film as a whole is not that entertaining, but the death sequences are worth it for you fans of the bottom of the barrel films. Have fun. I'm going to go back to my room before my mom asks me to take the trash out.


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